Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick and Minister for Training and Skills Shannon Fentiman launched the $170 million Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) today, also announcing TAFE Queensland’s commitment to delivering a full range of skills development programs to suit Rheinmetall’s current and future needs.
One of the major challenges facing the production of military vehicles in Australia is the local engagement of suitably qualified welders that meet international certification standards required by defence markets.
The partnership will bridge the international welding certification qualification gap in Australia by enabling the supply chain of defence and advanced manufacturing industries to attract appropriately skills welders, and upskill existing and transitional entrant welders to meeting the minimum international welding standard (ISO9606).
TAFE Queensland has already been training experienced welders to the international standards demanded by defence following the purchase of 15 augmented reality welding simulators last year and is perfectly placed to deliver a full range of skills development programs to suit Rheinmetall’s needs.
Defence is a rapidly growing global industry and skilling students with the right qualifications desired for these types of projects will make Queenslanders more competitive in securing work in defence and advanced manufacturing industries.
TAFE Queensland works best when we are working hand-in-hand with industry to enable our students to build lifelong careers and we are proud to be able to play such an important role in shaping Queensland’s future with improved skills delivery.